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England to renew acquaintances with Brazil in U17 World Cup semi-final on Wednesday

Monday 23 Oct 2017
Nya Kirby in action against Brazil in Shrewsbury on 1 September

England will renew acquaintances with Brazil in the U17 World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The Young Lions secured their spot in the last four of the competition on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over USA, before the South Americans knocked out Germany on Sunday to set up the tie.

Brazil v England
  • FIFA U17 World Cup
  • Semi-final
  • 12.30pm, Wednesday 25 October
  • Kolkata, India
  • Live on Eurosport

It means the nations will meet again, having played a World Cup warm-up at Shrewsbury Town in September when it ended 0-0 before England won a penalty shoot-out practice.

And head coach Steve Cooper says his team will approach the game as they have done in every other match they’ve played in India so far.

“We won’t change our plan,” he revealed.

“We’re working towards a way which we want to play in any game, with respect to a ‘lesser nation’ in a qualifier or if we’re playing in the semi-final of a World Cup.

“Our intentions will always be the same and that’s the whole point of having a plan, you can put it into action in the most extreme of situations and it doesn’t come any bigger at this moment in time than the semi-final of a World Cup.

“It’s the biggest game these boys can play, so we won’t change our plan, we’ll be very respectful of the opposition and we’ve made it clear how we want to go about our work.

“We played Brazil recently, they’re a good team with a great coach.

“You want to be playing these games and playing against the best, and that’s what we’ll be doing.”

Watch highlights of the game with Brazil from August above, or read our report of the game here.

By Nicholas Veevers